Chest Trauma


Assistant Professor of Radiology



Shahid Beheshti University of Medical SciencesChest trauma is a common presentation in emergency departments and can result in significant morbidity and mortality. Radiology plays a crucial role in the diagnosis and management of chest trauma patients. Imaging modalities such as chest X-ray, computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound are commonly used to evaluate the extent of injury, identify associated injuries, and guide treatment decisions. Chest ray is often the initial imaging modality used to assess for pneumothorax, hemothorax, rib fractures, and pulmonary contusions. CT is more sensitive for detecting injuries such as aortic rupture, cardiac contusion, and diaphragmatic rupture. Ultrasound can be used to rapidly assess for hemopericardium or pneumothorax at the bedside. Radiologists must be familiar with the imaging findings of chest trauma to provide accurate diagnoses and aid in patient management